Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 8: Robbed and Llullaillaco

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 8: Robbed and Llullaillaco

When researching my book I was shocked to find a sorry of proof of one of the first mountains ever climbed. Rather than recorded history this was archeological evidence. When in the 1990’s a research team found some children on the summit of a 6800m mountain in the Chilean Andes. I set out on what was an expense but wild adventure. Guided Vulcan Llullaillaco If you would like to be guided up this near 700om remote…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 7: Bariloche and Pte Varas

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 7: Bariloche and Pte Varas

Bariloche was developed as the adventure playground of the Argentine Elite, today it still lives up to that. With great climbing, walking and if you are there in winter skiing. Bariloche is a stones throw from Frey one of the finest granite trad climbing areas in the world as well as a few hours drive away from Piedra Parada, where a Petzl Rock Trip visited in 2012. Trad and Sport Climbing in Frey, Bariloche and Peidra…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 6: Rock Climbing in Frey, Agrentina

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 6: Rock Climbing in Frey, Agrentina

Guided Adventure Climbing Holidays in Frey, Bariloche, Piedra Parada and Cochamo The author offers guided trip to Frey. He has been there three times now and has loved every trip. There is also opportunity to combine a guided trip to Frey with either Cochamo (Big Wall/Trad/Sport climbing on Granite) or Piedra Parada (Sports Climbing in a  remote desert setting). For more information contact Mark Reeves at Snowdonia Mountain Guides. We charge £2500 for the two week course and will…

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Frey: Patagonia’s Forgotten Climbing Playground

Frey: Patagonia’s Forgotten Climbing Playground

Think of Patagonia and most people instantly go to Fitzroy, Cerro Torres or the Torres Del Paine all situated on the far end of the South American continent. A place reserved for the top alpinist of the world to carve out stunning ascents against a ferocious backdrop of canine tooth sharp granite mountains and unrelenting wind. A place as close to a modern day wild west as there is, but Patagonia is a vast region…

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Whymper, Carrel and Life After the Matterhorn: The Story of Chimborazo

Whymper, Carrel and Life After the Matterhorn: The Story of Chimborazo

Chimborazo tells a story, a fairly stunning story that started with the birth of science in the pre-Greek era and went through Galileo in 17th Century and onto Robert Hooke who suggested that gravitational forces are dependant on the an inverse square of the distant. As a result Sir Isaac Newton managed to derive mathematical proofs of Kepler’s law’s of planetary motion. Newton wrote this down in his Principia Mathematica, one of the most important…

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Ascent of Man – The Mountain Scientists: Weighing the Earth and Air Pressure

Ascent of Man – The Mountain Scientists: Weighing the Earth and Air Pressure

The mountain Schiehallion tells a story, a fairly stunning story that started with the birth of science in the pre-Greek era and went through Galileo in 17th Century and onto Robert Hooke who suggested that gravitational forces are dependant on the an inverse square of the distant. As a result Sir Isaac Newton managed to derive mathematical proofs of Kepler’s law’s of planetary motion. Newton wrote this down in his Principia Mathematica, one of the…

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Ascent of Man – Pre-Historic: Otzi the Ice Man and the Sacrificial Mountain

Ascent of Man – Pre-Historic: Otzi the Ice Man and the Sacrificial Mountain

As a child of the television age, I was very much brought up on a heady mix of MTV, David Attenborough Documentaries and the National Geographic Channel. It was on the National Geographic Channel that in the late 1990s I saw a documentary about child sacrifices on a mountain summit. Promptly forgetting about it, until starting to research the history of climbing and mountaineering to try and arrive some routes to visit as I travelled…

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